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Coronavirus log: Shopping, but not as we know it

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We have all seen images of shoppers in queues and empty shelves on social media, but when I actually venturing out into the big wide world this week to the supermarket I had no idea it would resemble a scene from an apocalyptic film.

I have only been out twice for more food (or supplies as I now seem to call them in the current situation) and on a normal pre-coronavirus day these trips would be easy, but not now.

The supermarket near us is probably like every other in the country, aisle upon aisle is empty - fruit and veg, meat, milk, cleaning products and such.

People buying up milk I understand, but mayo and ketchup? Picture: Guy Wisdom.
People buying up milk I understand, but mayo and ketchup? Picture: Guy Wisdom.

But some items that have disappeared from the shelves just blew my mind, for example, how worried does someone have to be to need every bottle of tomato ketchup in the place and the store's supply of mayonnaise?

As I stood by their empty spaces looking perplexed, others seemed to feel the same way I did, some were even angrier not to get some of the red and white stuff.

Surely I thought, these people (not the word the shopper next to me used before going on their way), who have been ridiculously stockpiling have run out of room by now?

I imagined someone at their home, showing off their kitchen cupboard packed wall to wall with tomato sauce to their friends via Facetime- I hope they are proud of themselves.

Just as I started to turn away to look for the next item on my unsuccessful list, out of the corner of my eye, I saw it. A white bottle poking out from behind the brown sauce to the left... could it be?

Checking up and down the aisle to see that no one would see me, I pulled the mayonnaise from its hiding place, where it must have fallen in the early morning scramble from the craziness, and threw it into my basket.

Quickly going down the rest of my list, with varying levels of success, I hurriedly paid for my items, rushed back to the car and threw the bottle on the passenger seat.

Driving out of the car park, I thought about the news saying items such as Calpol were being sold on eBay for thousands of pounds.

I have no idea how valuable my bottle of mayo would be on an auction site, I would rather eat it. After all, at this rate I am not sure when I will be able to source the next bottle.

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